Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cyclists Can't Expect Utopia on the Roads; VOICE OF THE NORTH

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cyclists Can't Expect Utopia on the Roads; VOICE OF THE NORTH

Article excerpt

BEFORE the debate on cyclists in Voice of the North fades into the past, as a local government worker I would like to make a contribution. After one of the worst winters in memory, many roads in the North East are in a deplorable and, in many ways, dangerous condition.

The highway authorities are doing their best, within their budgets and with limited manpower to bring the road network up to a satisfactory standard again.

Cyclists, however, have arranged races over the local road network since the spring. Not happy with the state of the roads, they pressurise councils to repair the roads prior to their races to a standard which I feel they are not entitled to as they are not road fund licence payers.

Cyclists argue that some of them are road fund payers, but this is a dishonest and disingenuous statement as they are arguing as cyclists and not as motorists.

It is remarkable how well organised cyclists are, with them using GPS capabilities to report where each individual pothole is and expecting a response within a certain time. …

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